Military Wire: Federal Department of Veterans Affairs listed as ‘high-risk’

Bob McDonald, Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, who replaced retired General Eric Shinseki after he faced continued criticism of agency failures, is facing an uphill battle after the recently released Government Accountability Office report. The Department of Veterans Affairs, one of the nation’s largest health care systems, has been listed as a high-risk…

Healthy Eating: Valentine’s Day treats can be enjoyed S-L-O-W-L-Y

Valentine’s Day is often a time when it is easy to overindulge as well as overeat. After Halloween, Americans spend more money for chocolate and candy on Feb. 14. This Hallmark holiday is one where people feel compelled to buy cards, roses and candy. This is a holiday that can make or break a florist…

Looking Back: 50 years ago – February 1965

Fifty years ago this month on Feb. 3, one of the major events taking place was the opening of Interstate 5 from Seattle to Everett. Two o’clock ceremonies at the Northeast 145th Street Interchange in Seattle included the U.S. color guard from Fort Lawton and the Queen Anne high school band. Following was an address by…

Military Wire: What veterans think when the media gets it wrong

Brian Williams, the NBC Nightly News anchor, is taking some heat for “misremembering” an event in Iraq that took place in 2003. According to his original version of events, he was aboard a helicopter that was downed by a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG). Last week, he recanted that version only after several soldiers who were involved…

Healthy Eating: A simple 2015 resolution — eat a little less at each meal

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution this year? Have you still kept your resolution? So many of us make resolutions about diet, eating and exercise. I haven’t made resolutions for years, but when I was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer I really started paying attention to my diet and exercise for the long-haul. There are…

Military Wire: Proposed cuts at JBLM a catalyst for recession

A decision that is forthcoming in the summer of 2015 could very well be a major blow to families, small business and major employers throughout the Puget Sound region. On Jan. 21, the Army pulled together a “listening session” down in the Lacey, Wash. area to better understand how a proposed downsizing of up to…

Looking back: A joining of the past and the electronic age

For many people microfilm and microfiche may appear too antiquated to even bother with anymore. Especially, since it may seem as if everything that is important from the past in the way of books and other written material has now been digitized and is available to all. However, if you are a historian, a writer,…

Money Talk: Get your business ducks in a row

Business ownership can be very rewarding – but it can also be risky. If you’re an entrepreneur pursuing your dreams and forging your own success, it’s important to put some safeguards in place to ensure that your business doesn’t upend your personal financial plan. Choosing an Appropriate Business Structure Your business’ legal structure can affect…

Military Wire: Military suicide rates remained high in 2014

There is hope among the experts that 2015 turns out differently than the past five years. According to a preliminary report released by Department of Defense, the total number of suicides among U.S. active-duty service members was virtually unchanged from 2013 to 2014. This would be reason to celebrate if the number was zero.Unfortunately, it…

Looking Back: The 1870 federal census and yet another genealogy pitfall

A very puzzling roadblock came to light with the 1870 decennial federal census when I was gathering information while writing the book Chirouse, I could find no listing for Tulalip in Snohomish County. At this same time, I was also researching the history of the pioneering Spithill family. I ran into the identical problem in…

Military Wire: Benghazi – the rest of the story

As America gears up for another election in 2016, both locally and nationally, issues once thought to be yesterday’s headlines will resurface — and the truth will be dressed in perspective and spin. On a national level, Benghazi will be a point of debate and one that all should research and come to their own…

Looking Back: Genealogy and booby traps

In 1790 the first decennial United States federal census had its beginnings with a simple purpose – to count people. The main objective was to determine the number of representatives to Congress from each state. The framers of the Constitution did not have genealogy in mind when they called for the enumeration of residents of…

Military Wire: Why America fails and will still succeed

Stop trying to complicate it.” I never actually counted the number of times my grandfather said those words to me, but anytime we attempted something mechanical I would lose sight of the small “first” steps and get distracted by all the steps necessary to complete the task … and then he would say those words….

From the Publisher’s Desk: What Little League dreams are made of

In the past, I’ve tried – and failed – to make a publisher’s column part of my regular routine. I was inspired though by a reader who – like me – was watching our local Pacific Little League team, representing the Northwest Region, play its inaugural game in the Little League World Series Thursday. When…

Interim City Engineer appointed to permanent post

Mountlake Terrace City Manager Arlene Fisher has promoted Chad Schulhauser to City Engineer and Engineering Services Director. Schulhauser has been serving in the position of Interim Director since the former director retired earlier this year. “Schulhauser was highly recommended by our former Engineering Services Director Will Van Ry, who worked with him for two years…

Arts Around Terrace: Official state poetry event at MLT Library Saturday

April is National Poetry Month. Join Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen as she officially opens inaugural poetry event — “Poem in Your Pocket”– at the Mountlake Terrace Library this Saturday, April 19. Organized by Mountlake Terrace Library staff Kwami Nyamidie, Mountlake Terrace resident Ann Hursey and Mountlake Terrace High School alum Christina Montilla, our very own…

Bird Lore: Ring-necked duck

The drake (male) ring-necked duck has a violet band around his neck. (Photos by LeRoy VanHee) As with most ducks, the ring-necked duck drake (male) and hen (female) look distinctive because of different feather colors and patterns. The question that troubles many viewers is the name of this duck. Where is the ring around its…

Arts Around Terrace: Urban City Roasters opens art show Friday

Join 14 artists this Friday, Feb. 21 at Urban City Roasters, located at 4313 212th St. S.W. in Mountlake Terrace, for an opening reception of new artworks. Led by Brier artist and instructor Patty Forte-Linna, the show features artists from the Brier, Mountlake Terrace, Lynnwood and Edmonds area and beyond: Sandy Hansen, Lin Ciaramitaro, Diane…

Arts Around Terrace: Local artist Kimi Hansen featured library artist for January

Kimi Hansen, owner of Art Escapes Gallery, is the Mountlake Terrace Library’s January featured artist for 2014! As an acrylic painter, Hansen developed a love for art early in life and was inspired by the watercolor classes held in her mother’s basement, “I love the challenge to find beauty in the ordinary,” said Hansen. “I…

Arts Around Terrace: Annual Terrace art show set to break record for art sales

Opening to a record crowd of 230-plus artists, sponsors and art collectors on Friday, Sept. 27, the 35th annual juried “Arts of the Terrace” art show is also set to break another record for overall art sales this year. Already surpassing past years’ sales for the opening weekend, this year’s show is on pace to…

Arts Around Terrace: Fall into the arts with coming events, plus a summer wrapup!

“Glee” performer Derik Nelson coming to Terrace HS Theatre Sept. 27! Singer, songwriter and producer Derik Nelson, seen every week as the guitarist on the FOX television show “Glee,” will be at the Mountlake Terrace High School Performing Arts Theatre at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27. Nelson is appearing at select high schools across…

Ask the Engineer: Where Does Our Wastewater Go?

In the last Ask the Engineer article we discussed where our drinking water comes from. Today we’re going to take a look at where our water goes after we use it. Everything that goes down the toilet, the shower, the sink or any drains. Where does it all go? All of these sources of wastewater…